This blog post was in the archives. I had originally written this last year, however, I didn’t complete the post and then, I didn’t have the inspiration to complete it. So here it is: Enjoy!
The other day while on a Target run, I found a coffee table book called, “The Book of Love.” Since I was feeling a little in the “Valentines Day” mood I decide to purchase the book.
That night, I sat in the writing corner and began to flip through the book. It’s mainly a coffee table book, meant to be gifted to that special someone. It has recipes, fun facts and romantic poems. I came across one of my favorite sonnets “Love Sonnet XVII ” by Pablo Neruda. “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, I love you simply, without problems or pride.”
This got me thinking about the whole notion of Valentines Day. According to this, Valentine’s Day was first celebrated in 1750 c.e, in Great Britain where people began to write little notes to each other. However, legend stated that a Roman Priest named Valentine began marrying young soldiers in secret. The soldiers were forbidden to be married when the emperor believed that single men made better fighters. Because he went against the emperors wishes, Valentine was executed. By the middle ages, Valentine became on of the most popular saints in Europe.
Love is an amazing, beautiful emotion. But it can also be scary. Giving your heart to someone else and having them destroy it hurts. It leads to a broken heart and worse, we lose our faith in love. You can read all about Love here .
SO is love just another human emotion? I decided to do some research, you know, just so I can really get to the bottom of this LOVE Thing. I did what any person does when they need fast answers, I GOOGLED it! After poking around on a few websites I came across https://theanatomyoflove.com/what-is-love/what-is-love/ with a few scientific explanations and even quizzes!!!! You know me, I love a good quiz!!
According to researchers, they analyzed brain scans in order to learn about love and how it affects us. Reserchers found that the feeling that we get when we feel deep emotion for someone lies in the area that controls our vitals IE breathing. So, they stated that our “romantic love is like thirst, and that our beloved is like water”. They also found that the feeling that we get when we come face to face with our love, is that this person becomes likea goal to us, and that our bodies “need” them in a sense. (you can watch the video HERE)
Whatever your stance is on love, I think we can all agree that its absolutely the best ever!
If you’re lucky enough to find it, once, twice, three times, then hold on to it. as long as possible. Cherish it. Hold it close to your heart. Work out your differences if possible. And never, ever, ever, give up on it! Trust me on that!
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Love poems.
Love Sonnet XVII
By: Pablo Neruda
“I don’t love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire: I love you as certain
as dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom and carries hidden within itself the light og those flowers
and thanks to your love, darkly in my body lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, i love you simply, without problems or pride; I love you in this way because i don’t know any other way of loving
but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand. so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.